Ralph Clifford Grace

October 10, 1928July 19, 2013

Ralph Clifford Grace, 84, of Van Buren, AR, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born October 10, 1928 in Lamar, AR to the late Albert S. and Gracie Collier Grace. He was retired owner/operator of Central Mall Barber Shop. He was a member of Butterfield Assembly of God Church, U.C.T. and the Noon Exchange Club. He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by a brother Burl Grace. Funeral service will be 10:00 AM Monday, July 22, 2013, at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Patrick Kimberland officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery with Military Honors under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, AR. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Thelma (Tackett) Grace, one daughter Cheryl Kay Crowe and husband David of Rudy, AR, two sisters Darlene Moon and Susan Hubbard both of Bentonville, AR, five brothers John Grace of Fort Smith, James Grace of Ozark, AR, Argus Grace of Pea Ridge, AR, Albert Grace, Jr. of Lowell, AR and Clarence Grace of Palmdale, CA, six grandchildren Dustin W. Shipman of Fort Smith, Jamie W. Shipman and wife Amber of Alma, AR, Clifford W. Shipman and Fiancée Colleen Welsing of Peoria, AZ, Matt Crowe and wife Kerry of Hot Springs, AR, Jenny Johnson & husband Dave of Prairie Grove, AR and Justin Crowe & wife Brytney of Jacksonville, AR and twelve great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Carey Wilson, Jerry Prescott, Charley Anderson, Ronnie Coleman, Charley Wagoner and Tommy Sullivent. The family will visit with friends Sunday afternoon 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Edwards Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Butterfield Church Building Fund, 1302 North 30th Street, Van Buren, AR 72956 or Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind, Fort Smith, AR 72901.



  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 22, 2013


  • Burial with Military Honors

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July 28, 2013

Thelma, Cheryl and Family...I was so sorry to hear about Ralph's passing. I
know you will miss him greatly. He was such a sweet, kind and gentle man...
soft spoken, but always had a friendly smile and greetings anytime you saw
him. I have many good memories of him and all of you. I pray God will comfort each of you through all the sweet memories you have of him.
Carolyn Goldsmith

Mickie Matthews

July 28, 2013

I surely do remember Ralph, when I first moved into Fort Smith in 1973 he was the first barber that I found that cut my hair and he did it for years over on Greenwood and then at the Mall.....truly a great guy and a real sweetheart
Mickie Matthews (AR)

Alan Davis

July 28, 2013

Sorry for your loss

Susan Burgess

July 28, 2013

I'm so sorry Cheryl but we know where he is and he is waiting anxiously to welcome us.

Tricia and John Miller

July 27, 2013

So sorry for your loss here on earth, but I know you will be reunited again because of the blessed hope we have in Christ! May God wrap His loving arms around you all at this difficult time.

Darla Gragg

July 27, 2013

Ralph you were a great man I enjoyed working with you all those years! You will be missed but I know you are walking streets of Gold with Jesus

Sherry Hart

July 25, 2013

Cheryl and family: I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Ralph at the old Barber shop on North Greenwood then Central Mall, but most of all Cheryl, I remember him as your Dad. from fellow flautist: Sherry Clark Hart

July 24, 2013

sorry to hear that ralph passed away. he was so helpful to us when we moved to van buren. praying for thelma and his family. sandee farley

July 23, 2013

we are saddened by the news . you guys were always so special to mom and dad. faith assembly is getting a bigger congragation in heaven.. love you all thelma and cheryl. sorry i wasn't there.. vicki lee

Tim McClure

July 22, 2013

So sorry to hear of Mr. Grace's passing. He was such a good man and always treated me like one of his own. I know that he loved his Grandson's and that they thought he hung the moon. I hope your memories of all his goodness will bring you comfort.